Defining Sustainability

photo by Ellie Davies

photo by Ellie Davies

There is no one way of defining, thinking about, or being sustainable and what the GALA project shows us is that there a multitude of ways in which sustainability can be explored, interpreted or engaged with by artists, artistic organisations and audiences. See our artistic projects page (link) as an example.

A commonly accepted model involves the ‘three pillars’ of environmental, economic and social factors which must overlap in order to achieve sustainability. More recently there has been a growing movement towards including a ‘fourth pillar’ in this model which recognises culture as playing an essential role in growing more sustainable societies through social equity, environmental responsibility and economic viability.

Three pillars of sustainability

Three pillars of sustainability

GALA takes this as a starting point for exploring what roles artists and cultural organisations can play in creating an environmentally sustainable Europe through the artistic work that is produced and presented, the way in which artists and organisations work, and how environmental sustainability is communicated with audiences.

Four pillars of sustainability

Four pillars of sustainability

 

Common themes explored by partners in the GALA project include:

  • Social and ecological resilience and adaptation to climate change
  • Land use and rural regeneration
  • Sustainable communities
  • Cultural policy and sustainability

The GALA workshops and labs give you the opportunity to understand how each theme has been explored. Have a look at the activities here:

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